The highly anticipated and tragically culled pilot for the Locke & Key TV show will air at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con. IDW, the publisher of the acclaimed comic book series, will be featuring the pilot at their Locke & Key panel.

Locke & Key was one of the more promising comic book television adaptations of the last few years. 20th Century Fox developed the pilot after plans for a movie adaptation fell through. The pilot was shot in February of 2011, but was not picked up by Fox (or anyone else) for a series.

The pilot stars Miranda Otto (The Lord of the RingsEowyn) as Locke matriarch Nina and Jesse McCartney as eldest son Tyler. Nick Stahl (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), Sarah Bolger (The Tudors) and Mark Pellegrino (arcs on Dexter, Supernatural and Lost) fill out the cast. Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) directed the episode.

IDW asked Fox for permission to screen the pilot at its Locke & Key panel on July 22nd. Attendees can watch the episode at 10:30 AM in Room 8. The panel itself will be adjacent in Room 9.

IDW took a parting shot in the announcement: “This one-time-only screening of the entire pilot will show you just what a void there will be on your TVs this fall.”

Locke & Key has won consistent reader and critical acclaim since its introduction in 2008. The series was nominated for Best Limited Series at the 2009 Eisner Awards, with Joe Hill picking up an additional  nomination for Best Writer. Locke & Key picked up an impressive four nominations for the 2011 Eisner Awards (Best Continuing Series, Best Single Issue, Best Writer, and Best Inker/Penciler for artist Gabriel Rodriguez). The 2011 winners will be announced at Comic-Con on July 22nd.

While comic aficionados will surely miss the opportunity for another high-profile comic series to get a fair shake on TV (see The Walking Dead) there were  signs that the potential Locke & Key series could disappoint. Casting pop singer Jesse McCartney for the brawny, gruff Tyler character was less than promising.

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Source: Deadline